5779 — Naso: The Queen Heleni Sota Memorial Plaque: Why?

Posted by Meesh Hammer-Kossoy on June 2, 2019
Topics: Pardes from Jerusalem, Torah, Naso, Bamidbar (Numbers)

Queen Heleni of Adiabene donated a golden plaque for the Temple etched with the Sota text to be copied and fed to a suspect adulteress.  Is this a demonstration of sisterhood? An examination of this institution helps us see why the Queen might have considered this ritual a benefit for womankind.

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About Meesh Hammer-Kossoy

Meesh is the Director of the Pardes Year Program, where she has been making her professional home since 1999. Originally from Washington, D.C., Meesh has a B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from New York University. Her dissertation explored the courageous manner in which the rabbis of the Talmud created a new criminal punishment system. In 2015, Meesh completed her studies at Beit Midrash Har'el and received ordination from Rabbi Herzl Hefter and Rabbi Daniel Sperber. Click here to read more.

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